Seven new cases of coronavirus were reported in Santa Monica Friday, bringing the city’s total number of confirmed cases to 28, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health, said at a press conference Friday 257 new cases of coronavirus were reported and Los Angeles County’s total number of confirmed cases stands at 1,465 as of noon Friday.

“In less than a week, and really I think only six days, we have gone from 409 cases to 1,465 cases,” Ferrer said. “This increase in part reflects a lot of improved access to testing … but we also have to assume that these numbers represent the very real fact that we have a lot more people infected in the county who are capable of infecting others.”

Ferrer said the majority of the people who are infected and tested positive are between the ages of 18 and 65, but that does not mean other age groups aren’t at risk.

“All of the people who I’m reporting about today who’ve passed were over the age of 60. Yesterday I reported on an additional nine deaths — and of those — eight of those people also were over the age of 60,” Ferrer said. “There was one person, unfortunately, who passed and was … in their 40s. They did have underlying health conditions.”

Three hundred and seventeen people with the virus have at some point been hospitalized, representing about 22% of all positive cases, Ferrer said. 1.8% of people who have tested positive have died, a mortality rate higher than the national average and in New York City.

“I know that there’s more and more demand from the general public to get tested,” Ferrer said. “We ask for your patience, because there is still a very long turnaround time on getting results because there’s a backlog at the labs and there still is limited capacity.”

As of Thursday, the county had 208 available ICU beds and about 830 ventilators, said Christina Ghaly, director of the L.A. County Department of Health Services. She said hospitals can increase their bed capacity to accommodate a surge in patients but did not specify how many ICU beds could be added.

About 4,600 cases and more than 90 deaths were reported in California Friday as Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide moratorium on evictions for renters affected by coronavirus and the economic devastation it has caused. The temporary evictions ban will last through the end of May and renters will have to make up any unpaid rent.

Santa Monica and about 50 other cities had already halted evictions for tenants impacted by coronavirus. Santa Monica also put a moratorium on commercial evictions as nonessential businesses were ordered to close to slow the spread of the virus.

brennon@smdp.com

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  1. Trump presents himself as the grand savior of the Pandemic Coronavirus. He creates the mess then acts as the hero or grand liberator. WHAT BULL S$%T
    P.S. 1. March 17, 2020 Trump renamed the CORONAVIRUS to CHINESEVIRUS then the Kung-Flu!!!! Great, another racist statement by Trump who declared himself to be THE LEAST RACIST PERSON YOU WOULD EVER WANT TO KNOW.
    https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/18/donald-trump-says-calling-coronavirus-chinese-virus-not-racist-12419530/
    https://news.yahoo.com/trump-defends-chinese-virus-comments-175301464.html

    P. S. 2
    Trump claims He Always Knew the Coronavirus Would Be a Pandemic …..
    The president tried to rewrite his history with advising Americans about the coronavirus. His own words prove him wrong. “We have it totally under control,” President Trump said in January.
    CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
    By Katie Rogers March 17, 2020
    WASHINGTON — For weeks, President Trump has minimized the coronavirus, mocked concern about it and treated the risk from it cavalierly. On Tuesday he took to the White House lectern and made a remarkable assertion: He knew it was a pandemic all along.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/us/politics/trump-coronavirus.html

    https://news.yahoo.com/cant-jump-front-microphone-push-124148160.html

    Now on MARCH 22, 2020 we learn Trump’s friends the White supremacists discussed using the coronavirus as a bio-weapon, explosive internal document reveals
    ssheth@businessinsider.com (Sonam Sheth) Business Insider

    https://news.yahoo.com/white-supremacists-discussed-using-coronavirus-141757122.html

    On 3/23/2020 the President is contemplating removing various restrictions to rebuild our economy after the 15 day break. Will Trump listen to the advisers re the safety of removing restrictions???? Are his stock market concerns greater than the HEALTH OF WE THE PEOPLE? Will those who go back to work guarantee to their family that they will not be contagious? How will the overwhelmed medical system care for the new trump-virus-patients and the expanded number of healthcare personnel that will be needed? What will happen when those who go back to work also go to other States?

    On 3/27/2020 Trump pulled the ultimate despicable, belligerent, and disrespectful act known to “WE THE PEOPLE”. Imagine the supposedly most powerful person in the world whining to a Governor of one of our country’s States about … if you don’t kiss my ass then you can’t have that which you need to save the people that are sick in your State. Total Bullsh$%.

    On 3/28/2020 we learn more about the greatest brain …. He has ordered our EPA to lower our guard against protecting “WE THE PEOPLE”. Why, because of the CORONAVIRUS attack. What the FK!!!!

    Actually, let’s call the CORONAVIRUS the …TRUMPVIRUS or TRUMP-BANKRUPTCY-VIRUS!!!!
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